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- Bipartisan Good Samaritan Legislation Would Deploy Industry and NGO Expertise to Address Legacy Mine Cleanup
September 29, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rich Nolan, President and CEO of the National Mining Association (NMA), today issued the following statement in support of the “Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2022,” which will be the subject of a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing today.
“Today’s modern mining industry has the expertise and desire to address legacy mine sites that were abandoned decades – even generations ago – but current laws prevent action. The bipartisan Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2022 was introduced earlier this year by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and has the backing of a bipartisan group of 18 senators. This legislation would allow industry, working together with environmental groups and other good Samaritans, to utilize our equipment, skills and experience to clean up these sites without fear of incurring additional legal liability. This legislation is critical to removing the obstacles that are preventing the remediation of important legacy land and water resources, and it deserves to be enacted into law.”
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